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As part of the Forward Together Strategic Plan, the UNC School of Medicine Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) supports a small number of clinicians committed to translating research findings to advance the practice of medicine in addition to providing clinical care and teaching. PSTP is a pipeline to recruit, train, and retain promising individuals and provide them with support and mentorship to cultivate their research programs.


Klara Klein, MD, PhD, in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism will receive support at the early-stage faculty level. She is an assistant professor, as well as a previous recipient of support from the program at the fellowship level. Her project is focused on studying whether GLP1 receptor antagonists, which are have been shown to have a multitude of beneficial effects in  the treatment of diabetes, have safety and efficacy in treating Diabetes Mellitus individuals  with kidney disease who are on hemodialysis.


Jose Martinez, MD, PhD, a hematology/oncology fellow received one of the two awards at the resident/fellow level. His work combines RNA biology and bioinformatics to identify how different roles of spliceosome protein U2AF1 affect acute myelogenous leukemia progression.

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